Seventeen-year-old Annika Truman knows about the power of positive thinking. With a little brother who has cancer, it's all she ever hears about. And in order to help Jeremy, she will go to the ends of the Earth (or at least as far as Hollywood) to help him believe he can survive his upcoming surgery.
But Annika's plan to convince Jeremy that a magic genie will grant him any wish throws her a curveball when he unexpectedly wishes that his television idol would visit him. Annika suddenly finds herself in the desperate predicament of getting access to the handsome actor who plays teen Robin Hood and convincing him to come home with her. Piece of cake, right?
Janette Rallison's proven talent for laugh-out-loud humor, teen romance, and deep-hearted storytelling shines in a novel that will have listeners laughing and crying at the same time.
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Having already read books by Janette Rallison I had high hopes for this book and it didn't disappoint. Although some of the situations that Annika got herself into were a little far fetched I loved the book. Just One Wish had me going from laughing to crying of laughter to actually crying and back around again. Would definitely recommend this book to my friends
Heather Masters did an amazing job narrating the book. She really brought the characters to life for me. Would love to listen to her narrate more books.
"Have your tissues nearby!"
WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Seventeen-year-old Annika Truman knows about the power of positive thinking. With a little brother who has cancer, it's all she ever hears about. And in order to help Jeremy, she will go to the ends of the earth (or at least as far as Hollywood) to help him believe he can survive his upcoming surgery.
But Annika's plan to convince Jeremy that a magic genie will grant him any wish throws her a curveball when he unexpectedly wishes that his television idol would visit him. Annika suddenly finds herself in the desperate predicament of getting access to a hunky star actor and convincing him to come home with her. Piece of cake, right?
I love everything I've read my Rallison, and this story was not a disappointment. I've had the book for a while but didn't have a chance to "read" it until I found it in audiobook. The narrator did a fabulous job.
Oh, my heck. This one's a heart twister. Little Jeremy is the sweetest little kid, and I love how much Annika loves him and wants to help him. The story deals with the serious issue of little kids with cancer, and there's a definite religious element to the story.
The Robin Hood actor, Steve, was a little irritating at first, and it took a long time for a connection to start between him and Annika. But the wait was totally worth it. But have tissues beside you.
4 1/2 stars
"A cancer story that doesn't grate"
A good book
The writer in the trailer was amusing.
When Steve did something spoiler-y
You should listen to this one, it's good.
I love how Rallison takes difficult subjects and weaves them together with humor and tenderness. The romance is sweet, the characters are strong, and the plot is masterful. I kept trying to guess the next plot twist and was surprised at each new turn. I laughed out loud and was moved to tears.
I'd expected a fluffy romance. It is there--plus much more. Surprised myself just how much I enjoyed it!
"Tears ... so many tears...."
Beautiful story and beautiful writing, I read this book in school years ago and will continue to read it again and again. And I doubt it will ever cease making me cry.
"Serious themes with a light, romantic touch"
Yes! Though this is a YA book, and I am long past that age bracket, this book gracefully deals with themes that are constant in the human experience
The romantic in me loved when Anaka and Steve were stranded outside of Barstow and getting to know one another.
This is the first of Heather Masters's books I have listened to. She is a perfect reader for Janette Rallison's books.
Anaka was the most memorable because I got to know her best, having lived inside her head for the entire book. However, I loved Madison, too. What a true friend! She was so level headed and so willing to get out of her comfort zone.
As my headline stated, I loved it that this book dealt with serious themes. I appreciated Anaka and Jeremy's story about the underworld and her dream about the Grim Reaper as she struggled to deal with the realities of her brother's illness. Janette's light touch and sense of humor (like Mr. Truman's pronunciation of Persephone) kept the serious situations from becoming maudlin.
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